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Norco monument would salute mothers whose children died in combat

By in Press Enterprise on June 17, 2017

By Stephen Wall

A new military tribute is in the works in a city known for its devotion to the armed forces.

Norco is planning a monument saluting Gold Star mothers, those whose sons and daughters gave their lives serving their country.

Landscape architect Ron Kammeyer is designing the project for free. Kammeyer and his father, Ken, drew plans for the George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Plaza that opened in the city in 2014.

The proposal calls for a concrete rotunda just outside the plaza’s entrance. It would include pillars and an arch above a copper-and-green wreath held by two angels with outstretched arms. The approximately 40-foot-long, 20-feet-wide, structure would have a gold star atop an open steel rod dome, Kammeyer said.

Norco is planning a memorial, seen in an early sketch, to mothers who lost sons and daughters in combat.

“Here you will walk through a space and see the angels and feel the spirituality of the place,” Kammeyer said. “We know their sacrifice. God is the only one who knows their suffering.”

Kammeyer, who has offices in Corona and San Jacinto, estimates the project cost at $300,000 to $400,000. Money would come from private donations, he said.

“I feel blessed because of the freedom that this country affords,” said Kammeyer, a San Jacinto resident who helped design the Prado Dam bicentennial mural during his senior year at Corona High School and sued to try to stop its removal. “I’m honored to be able to be of service. This is what I can do. I want to give them my talents.”

Norco’s veterans committee is working on the effort along with members of groups supporting mothers whose children are serving or have died in the line of duty. Norco City Council members must approve any changes to the city-owned memorial plaza.

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